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Top Literary Sites in the Lake District

Top Literary Sites in the Lake District

Home to rolling glens and emerald-blue lakes, the romantic Lake District has inspired some of England’s most renowned storytellers. Here are a few ways to follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, and John Ruskin in Cumbria.

Lake Windermere

Beatrix Potter was an English conservationist, illustrator, and writer—most famous for penningThe Tale of Peter Rabbit. Visitors come from across the world to Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, and surrounds to see for themselves the landscapes and locations that so inspired her. Local attractions for fans of Peter Rabbit and friends include Hill Top farm—where Potter once lived—and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.

Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is an area of wilderness nestled in the Lake District National Park and once owned by Beatrix Potter herself. According to Potter’s diaries, she spent many hours walking along the shoreline, and—when the land came up for sale in 1930—she raised the money to buy it to ensure it remained protected. It’s now owned and cared for by the National Trust.

Cockermouth

Widely considered among the most famous of Britain’s 18th-century Romantic poets, William Wordsworth drew enormous inspiration from the Lake District. His house in the small market town of Cockermouth is a popular attraction, and visitors can step back to the 1770s and see the property as Wordsworth himself did.

Grasmere

Dove Cottage in Grasmere is another of Wordsworth’s homes, and today it is a top pilgrimage site for poetry lovers. No visit is complete without a trip to Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water, beautiful expanses of clear water and open skies believed to have inspired his works. You can also visit the pretty village of Hawkshead, where William Wordsworth went to school.

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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall, take a sightseeing cruise, and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

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Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.48
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3 Day Lake District Tour including Lake Cruise

3 Day Lake District Tour including Lake Cruise

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Succumb to the beauty of England’s Lake District National Park on this 3-day experience including two nights at a 4-star accommodation, free time, and a full-day tour. Enjoy time to absorb the Lake Windermere views, and perhaps explore nearby Bowness-on-Windermere. Plus, go on a guided day trip around the region’s highlights. Traveling by comfortable minivan, see ten lakes including Buttermere and Grasmere, cross high passes, visit Keswick, and more. Round-trip hotel transfers and two days of breakfast are included on this small-group experience limited to 16 people.
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  • 3 days
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The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Private Tour

The Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of beloved British author Beatrix Potter—and see some of the Lake District’s loveliest scenery besides—on this private tour. Following pickup from your Windermere accommodation, you’ll travel in a comfortable vehicle to the village of Sawley, where Potter once lived. Entry to her home, Hill Top, is included; once inside, explore the rooms and gardens that fed Potter’s imagination. Next, stop for lunch (own expense) before continuing to Hawkshead, where you’ll visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$303.89
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William Wordsworth Daffodils Private Tour

William Wordsworth Daffodils Private Tour

Explore the world of poet William Wordsworth on this private Lake District tour. With a guide providing observations on Wordsworth's life and works that you might not hear otherwise, you’ll visit his Cockermouth home, and Grasmere’s Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Discover how the Lakes shaped the great poet's verse, stroll gardens he tended, and see his original manuscripts; all undistracted by issues such as driving, parking, and buying tickets.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$355.92
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